It’s not often that my children cheer when they find out what we’re having for tea but toad in the hole does it every time 😊. What makes me feel even better about this meal is that it’s so easy to make.
I’ve no idea where the name for this dish came from (if anyone does please let me know in the comments) but for those of you who are confused there are no toads involved. We’re talking sausages baked in a savoury pancake type batter.
I’ve given the instructions below for a large meat-based meal, as I think that’s how most people would make it. When i cook for us, though I make the batter up and then split it between a veggie meal for me and a meat version for the rest of the family. The only difference in cooking is that I grill meat sausages (as I find they brown better cooking that way) but I roll the veggie sausages in the oil then cook them in the oven while the oil is heating up.
You need enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of whatever roasting dish you are using. The amount I have given was enough to cover medium-sized roasting dish for the meat meal and an individual dish for my meal.
I often make the batter up in advance when I make this; partly because it’s easy to prepare when I’ve got a spare five minutes and partly because I’m not very good at whisking all the lumps of flour out so this way I can come back and mix it a couple of times before it needs to go in the oven.
It does the batter no harm at all to stand at room temperature (it actually helps the batter to rise during cooking), but I leave a clean tea towel over the top of the mixing bowl so we don’t end up with toad and fly in the hole!
Serves 4 adults
- 12 x sausages
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
For the batter
- 300ml semi-skimmed milk
- 3 x large eggs
- 150g self-raising flour
- Heat your oven to 200°C.
- Measure the milk into a large jug, then add the eggs and mix together until the eggs have broken down and the milk is a pale yellow colour.
- Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.
- Gradually add the milk and egg mixture to the flour, stirring constantly to stop it going lumpy.
- Pour the cooking oil into the roasting dish. The oil should cover the bottom of the dish.
- Heat the oil in the oven for 15 minutes. While it is heating cook the sausages under the grill on a medium heat, turning once or twice to make sure they are cooked evenly.
- Once the sausages are browned take the dish of oil out of the oven and add the sausages, and then the batter. The oil should sizzle when the sausages are added.
- Cook for 30 minutes, until the top of the batter has browned. When it’s ready if you stick a knife into the cooked batter it will come out clean.
Serve with whatever vegetables your family like.
This will be my last post before Christmas, so time to wish a Merry Christmas to all of you who have read my blog this year🎄
Equipment needed to make this meal:
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